ESPN reports that in the past 72 hours, Carmelo Anthony's representatives have increased pressure on Denver to deal the superstar to either the Knicks or Bulls before training camp opens next week.
The Knicks remain Anthony's top choice but the Bulls are now firmly established as a close second. The Nets and Rockets are also in the picture.
Some within the Denver organization favor slowing down the process, hoping that Anthony might re-consider his stance once he is back with the team on a daily basis.
The Knicks are offering either Danilo Gallinari or Anthony Randolph, but not both, along with the expiring contract of Eddy Curry. New York may also be willing to include its first-round pick, in 2014.
The Bulls appear to be unwilling to offer Joakim Noah, proposing instead a deal centered around Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and a first-round pick.
Contrary to a recent report, the Rockets are not making Kevin Martin available in their bid to acquire Anthony.
The Bulls management is a joke. Here you have a chance to get a top player in the league and you don't want to trade Noah?
Career average of 7.9 pts and 7.9 rebounds but the Bulls don't want to include him. They would rather sign Noah to an $80 million extension.